"The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power." --Alexander Hamilton 1775
The Declaration of Independence was the promise; the Constitution was the fulfillment. I have a pamphlet given to me by a woman back in 1994. She served on the Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, and created pocket Constitutions. I've kept it ever since. Every 4th of July, I ferret it out and read as much as time and situation allow. If you don't have a copy, here's an excellent place to get one. This is a document every American should read at least once in their lifetime, if not once a year, to remember how special and unique in history, this place aspires to be.